This is not easy, because the world is in complete denial. It denies, and denies completely – that this is the way it is. It proclaims that, to the contrary, it is the most wonderful place possible! And that anyone who says otherwise should be severely punished.
And its people hear and obey.
But they also hear something else “You must not be!” “No problem,” they say – and don’t exist. And not only that – they attack anyone who does exist. Who is foolish enough to not obey orders.
Now I have to ask myself why this is such a problem now – since non-conformists and free-thinkers have existed for a very long time.
I think (and this is only a guess) that this is because mass communications have made mass behavior part of the atmosphere we live in. Part of the air we breath – and cannot get away from.
Free-thinkers – and America used to have a lot of them in the middle of the 19th Century – used to have a much easier job. Their target was easily defined. And they could easily ridicule it.
Not anymore. How do you say that everything is wrong? You will simply be sent to the looney bin.
People conclude (unconsciously) that they can’t deal with it. And give up. And join the crowd. And become ignorant, stupid – and helpless.
There are plenty of people who say “We have a solution to this!” When they should be admitting, candidly – that there is no overall solution.
There are only solutions for individual problems – and for individual people. A society that is determined to not exist cannot be fixed at all.
Allow me to switch to my favorite example – software development. There have been a number of fine movements there – Open Source, Agile – all aimed at making better software. What they do not realize are the forces opposed to them in the marketplace – which are subtle, ubiquitous – and all-powerful.
All these forces – reform or reactionary – are centered around one thing – being. The reformers are determined to to be – but society is determined that they not be. And no one is aware that this conflict exists.
The whole idea, for them, of being to is too vague and too fuzzy. When it is as simple as it can be.
Any living being has being. But no machine has being – even if seems to be alive to its admirers – and those who serve it.